Making Your Site Family Friendly
When it comes to camping with the family, choosing the right camping site is essential. After all you want to make sure that your camping trip is both fun and safe. Here are some tips to help you choose a family friendly camping site that will provide you with a great experience.
When it comes to camping, location is key. You want to make sure you choose a spot that is close to activities and attractions that your family will actually enjoy. If you have young children look for a site that is close to playgrounds and other family friendly activities.
Make sure the campsite you choose has all the amenities you need for a comfortable camping experience. Look for sites that offer restrooms, showers and running water. These conveniences can make or break your trip.
Safety should always be your top priority when camping with family. Make sure the site you choose is well maintained and has adequate security in place. Look for places that have security guards or are patrolled by park rangers. Also check to see if there are any hazardous conditions such as steep terrain or dangerous wildlife.
Before you book a destination read the reviews from previous visitors. This will help you get an idea of what to expect from the campsite and if it’s a good fit for your family.
Last but not least consider the cost of the campsite. Many sites offer discounts for families, so compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Setting Up Your Tent
Now let’s take a look at setting up your tent in a family friendly way.
Choose a suitable spot.
Pick a flat and level area of land that is away from any potential hazards such as low hanging branches or insects. Also, make sure the area is free of sticks and rocks before you start setting up your tent. Flat and smooth is what you want.
Lay out the tent.
Spread out the tent on the ground making sure the door is facing away from the wind. If you’re using a tent with poles assemble them according to the instructions provided. Even better, consider buying a pop up tent with integrated poles.
Secure the tent.
Anchor the tent to the ground with tent stakes making sure the stakes are firmly in the ground. For extra security you can also use guy lines.
Add the rain fly.
The rain fly is an extra layer of protection for the tent. Make sure it is secured properly and that the vents are open. This will keep you dry while still allowing for air flow.
Set up the sleeping area.
Place the sleeping bags and pillows inside the tent allowing for some space for movement and gear.
Building A Safe Fire
Before you build your campfire be sure to check local safety regulations. In some areas building a campfire is prohibited during certain times of the year. In other areas building a campfire is only allowed during certain months or in certain locations. If all is well, here is what you need to do to build a kid safe campfire.
Choose a safe location.
A safe fire location can be anywhere that is free from obstacles and is out of the reach of children. Avoid areas with cliffs, trees or other high objects. Make sure the area is clear and sweep the area around the campfire clean before you start.
Use a fire ring.
Building a campfire in the open results in a greater risk of fire. Use a fire ring to reduce the risk of your campfire spreading. Many campsites will provide a fire ring for you, but check before you head out.
Collect your materials.
Before you build your campfire gather all of the materials you’ll need. These materials include wood, kindling and a fire starter. Don’t try to be more capable than you are. If you need a lighter, bring a lighter and leave the flint at home.
When starting your campfire use small pieces of wood and kindling. Build the fire slowly. Building a large fire is dangerous and can result in a fire that is too large to control, so keep it reasonable. Build the fire slowly and carefully.
Have a fire extinguisher.
If your campfire starts to get out of control you can use a fire extinguisher to put it out. Safety first.
Check the fire often.
Once the campfire is lit check it regularly to make sure it is burning evenly. If it is not, add more wood or kindling. Always use common sense when building or using a campfire. Stay alert, watch your children and do not leave your fire unattended.
Taking Care Of Trash
The way you handle your trash is an important part of being a responsible camper. Taking care of your trash on a camping trip is essential for protecting the environment, wildlife and for the safety of your family.
When it comes to trash it’s important to properly dispose of it. Make sure to bring along a trash bag and keep it with you so you can easily collect and store your waste. Be sure to dispose of your trash when you’re done camping and don’t leave it behind. Most camping sites will have disposal facilities. Leaving behind trash can be dangerous for wildlife and can also be an eyesore in nature. It’s a good idea to follow the “tread lightly” philosophy.
Also keep in mind that trash can attract wildlife, sometimes dangerous wildlife. Trash bags are often best hoisted into trees away from your tent. If you are in bear country pay particular attention to how you store trash.
Family Friendly Camping Activities
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure there are plenty of family friendly camping activities to choose from.
One of the best family camping activities is hiking. Hiking is a great way to explore and discover new places and it offers a sense of accomplishment. There are a variety of trails to choose from so you can pick one that is suitable for the whole family. Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Another fun camping activity is fishing. Fishing is a great way to bond with family members and teach children the basics of hunting. You’ll need to make sure you have the necessary equipment such as a fishing rod and tackle box and know the local fishing regulations. It can be a fun and exciting way to spend time together while enjoying the outdoors.
A nice campfire is a great way to spend time together in the evening. Roasting marshmallows and telling stories around the campfire is a classic activity that everyone can enjoy. Make sure to build your fire safely and keep it under control. See above.
If you’re looking for something a little more active you might want to try geocaching. This is a fun activity that involves using a GPS to locate hidden caches. It’s a great way to explore the area around you and have some friendly competition.
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